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  • stephen
    March 22, 2013 - 07:12

    I protect my dogs like others protect their children,harm my dogs at your own peril.No cops,until after.

  • Whaddaya At
    March 21, 2013 - 23:23

    People don't have to move to small rural areas to experience a 'you're not from here ' attitude. Try moving from St. John's to Happy Valley-Goose Bay, the redneck capital of NL. People ask you if you're from ' outside ', as if you're from another galaxy.

  • concerned
    March 20, 2013 - 11:25

    It just goes to show to everyone whereever you live that you can not trust your neighbours no matter where you are, Newfoundland or not. A word of wise - keep to yourself and guard everything and everyone like they are gold. Otherwise they get hurt. life lessons are not necessary to learn now but how to stay away from them. If these people can do this to dogs they don't like can you imagine what they would do to you if they didn't like you. Poison comes in many forms......any deaths unexplained in the area......

  • jockoontherocko
    March 19, 2013 - 18:59

    What kind of person does this to animals? A mean spiteful ignorant SOB.Welcome to good old friendly Newfoundland where a complete stranger is treated so kind and our own are subjected to the true feeling of some. I say some because most Nler's are kind generous people who would go out of their way to help someone. However there is a portion of our good old friendly society that would rather see you squirm and suffer in any kind of pain. These people are ignorant, jealous and mean. They don't like anyone from outside their little narrow minded area. They don't like anyone who is successfull or anyone who has more. Yes this is Bay politics for you. Don't tell me it isn't because I know full well how cruel and ignorant some NL'ers can be. Born and raised in the Bay.. Thank God the good NL'ers far outweigh the bad but it only takes a few in each little community to make life miserable for the rest. I always said Nler's treat their own worse than a complete stranger form away. Pretty two faced if you ask me. The person doing this in Avondale is probably one of those who when you meet them you would or could not ask for any better but on the inside and behind your back they would bad mouth you and do everything to make your life miserable.you just a soon as they would look at you. Apparently rural Newfoundland hasn't changed much. Welcome to the real NL.

  • Sheldon George
    March 19, 2013 - 18:49

    My dog got of the leash a year or two ago and went down the road near a house who've complained about her before (even though she's the most harmless dog ever) and came back with a poisoned ham. People are sick. This was in South River, where most people have dogs.

  • Tru
    March 19, 2013 - 13:02

    So sad to hear about what happened to Lady. I can only imagine the stress you were under trying to keep help her alive. Then, to be so kind as to take two more pups to raise and give shelter to is a wonderful gesture in a world where many have difficulty being responsible and kind to animals. This is not about 'Avondale', 'Newfoundland' or Newfoundlanders... these thoughtless individuals are in every society and culture. You just happened to hit on one right in your neighbourhood. I help in several animal groups and know that many Newfoundlanders are doing everything possible to change attitudes and the laws. I hope you don't have to go through this again, keep a vigilant eye, check things out on the walking route, and above all, try to keep you pets from getting free to be abused by someone who obviously doesn't know what it means to protect and care for their fellow creatures. Animal abusers open up you heart to these creatures and maybe you will feel the joy they give us.

  • david
    March 19, 2013 - 11:47

    Despite the glowing TV ads, this is what rural Newfoundland is like. If you visit for a week, you're impressed with the immense "friendliness"..... which is in reality simply excitement over the novelty of seeing a new face, and good ol' nosiness. But misinterpret this "charming" demeanor, and stay too long, and their true selves will come out soon enough. If they turn on you, you'll wish you were attacked by a pit bull instead. World class.

    • Helga
      March 19, 2013 - 19:48

      I agree with your comment, David. As long as you stay a week or two, you are fine. Drop your money here, but don't try to move here. Discrimination at its best is here in "good ol' Newfoundland" I have lived many places in the world, but I have to say that Newfoundland has some of the worse people that I have ever met. Don't let your animals run loose here or they will be dead.

  • saelcove
    March 19, 2013 - 10:48

    RCMP totally useless

  • Paul
    March 19, 2013 - 08:59

    I'd look into the property title/history and consider if someone is trying to drive you off because they believe it should be their land...in some of these older communities land titles can be 'confusing' and cause alot of problems...families have been torn apart over land disputes...you could have been caught in the middle of one here...I'd look to see who among your neighbours lost this piece of land in that way...

    • david
      March 19, 2013 - 11:59

      Isn't it interesting that this (quite possibly accurate) scenario would be this easy to come up with, and be easily accepted as "reasonable explanation" for what happened?! Newfoundland. Welcome tourists!

  • YTEW
    March 19, 2013 - 08:38

    I would hope the poison/hooks was meant for a problem wild animal. Keep your dogs on a leash. It's also the law.

    • Rob
      March 19, 2013 - 09:17

      YTEW. In what sick, twisted world is it appropriate to feed fish hooks to any animal, wild or domestic. Maybe you should try some yourself first.

    • YTEW
      March 19, 2013 - 10:31

      ooops, I should have left out hooks. Then again rabbit snares are just as bad. Either one will cause the animal to suffer.

  • James
    March 19, 2013 - 08:33

    This is the "friendly Newfoundlander" stereotype that we like to throw around all of the time. I've lived here for 38 years - and I can't say people here are any better or worse then elsewhere. I do know, however, that many are very dedicated to being friendly to your face, and stabbing you in the back. This is especially true when they see people working hard and contributing to their communities. It sounds to me like Wheeler is a good citizen - and because of that he is making one of his uneducated/unemployed neighbours look bad.

    • david
      March 19, 2013 - 11:53

      James, we both see the truth, but we're a tiny minority. And we'd bettewr hope that no one ever finds out who we are, or we'll be ostracized and lynched...by the "friendliest people on Earth!".

    • seanoairborne
      March 19, 2013 - 13:48

      Did you ever hear the old "familiarity breeds contempt" term?All humans put their best foot forward when they meet another person at first!Just like marriage.You start off with the best of intentions until you spot the other persons flaws.Hence,divorce.There's no difference with acquaintances.Perhaps even,more so?When some of these folks figure out your personality, and the angle you're coming from,a goodly number of them use your vulnerabilities against you!It's human nature.Even among Newfs.Some Newfs are low lifes.I've met many of them on my visits to the Rock!!And thems the facts,Byes!!!

  • KD
    March 19, 2013 - 07:46

    My family & I lived on the Burin Peninsula last year, and encountered a similar incident. Attached to the leash we used to let our dog outside we found a homemade rabbit snare. Obviously there are people like this everywhere, who unfortunately do not know the value of a pet to someone's family. It takes all kinds.

  • just me
    March 19, 2013 - 07:44

    I wonder was this done intenionly for these dogs or something else ,Iam not picking up for who ever done this senseless act , because someone had to do it ,but i know of people who live close to salt water have trouble with minks , in any case this is not the right thing to do .

  • donna
    March 19, 2013 - 07:32

    I am a dog owner myself and this is just sickening, I would be devastated if something like that were to happen to my dog...Just a suggestion, maybe, just for walks if you were to have muzzles on the dogs, then they couldn't eat anything that you didn't want them to. I personally don't like the idea of muzzles, but if it helps keep them safe maybe it's worth it

    • Stefanie
      March 19, 2013 - 08:16

      I agree Donna. Until this stops it's a good idea to take extra precautions, even those that you would rather not have to resort to. I don't like the idea of muzzling a friendly dog, but ultimately it's a better option than taking a chance on your dogs getting into to something else. They might also consider using the halti or gentle leader. It's meant to control dogs that pull but still allows them to open their mouths as long as they are walking on a loose leash. If they notice something on the ground it will give them the power to gently guide the dog's head away, and if the dog does pull towards something the nose piece will hold the mouth shut as long as they continue to pull. It might be a nicer option than having to muzzle a friendly dog. Hopefully they can put a stop to this soon so that their dogs, and other dogs in the area, are safe.

  • elffie
    March 19, 2013 - 07:31

    this must be a true nitemare to go threw and I wouldn't want any thing to happen to any pet.I think all these people living in this small area should do a complete clean sweep of the area,to look for more hazards that may be around, if over half of the people who live here have dogs , as this article states , there shouldn't be any trouble getting help if they think anything of their pets.

  • santo
    March 19, 2013 - 07:29

    Whoever is doing this isn't right in the head! It's scary that a neighbour, a fellow human being, could be so cruel as to do this to any dog. How much Lady must have suffered, and how much would the other dog had suffered had he swollowed that fish hook! I hope the RCMP are taking this seriously, as I think actions as these speak to a persons lack of morals, respect for others property, and mental state.

  • John
    March 19, 2013 - 07:24

    Awful story, it's sad that a bunch of ignorant hillbillies with nothing better to do would be setting traps like that, real low lifes. Proof that there's bad apples everywhere you go.

  • Katy
    March 19, 2013 - 06:35

    First: Please explain what a "municipal bypass" is. Is this a road of some kind? A walkway? A municipal building with a trail around it? I'm just trying to understand how likely it was that the poison would have been consumed by these dogs in particular, or if it's an area where many dogs might pass. Or is this an uninhabited area where the intended victim was wild animals? Second: As one "come-back-from-away" to another: You will find that life in smaller towns in NL have two views. One is the visible display of friendliness and helpfulness in a beautiful landscape. The other is a more sinister "you ain't from here so you're wrong no matter what." I'm willing to bet the person doing this is a lifelong inhabitant of Avondale who feels justified in hurting the "newcomers" because they bring change. Similar things happen in every small town to some degree, and it just looks worse here because so many of us are suckered by the beautiful tourism ads.

    • Rhonda
      March 19, 2013 - 07:59

      I don't think it has anything to do with being a lifeloong inhabitant who wants to hurt newcomers, that's a little paranoid. I think it's some crazy idiot, and they are everywhere, who needs to be found and placed in jail. Anyone who would do something like that is crazy.